|Plot Summary of The Looking Glass War|
|"It is the early 1960s. British military intelligence sent Taylor over to Finland to pick up a roll of film that was shot over a suspicious area of East Germany, but he is hit by a car and killed. Another office man from the department, Avery, follows to pose as Taylor's half-brother and retrieve the body (as well as the film, if he can locate it). His trip arouses suspicion not only among the Finnish and East German authorities, but in "the Circus," as the primary British spy organization is known. Avery and his superiors are sure something big is happening in East Germany -- perhaps the placement of Soviet missiles -- and they train a man (Leiser, a Pole who did some espionage for Britain during the Second World War) to go in and investigate. The goal is to do this not only without the communists catching on, but also Smiley and the Circus, into whose territory they are probably intruding. Le Carre's fourth novel expertly depicts spy and espionage training, inter-agency rivalry, and how many things can very quickly go wrong."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Looking Glass War|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:
- main char. spying/sabotage
Who's the terrorist enemy here?
Search for technology?
- special war tech.
Small town people:
- hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
A lot of techno jargon?
Kind of jargon?
- military technology
Unusual forms of death
- run over
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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